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Update on the ELD trucking requirerments from the American Horse Council. Click here for more info.

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Prior to the last quarterly meeting, the MHC was approached about a position on waterfowl hunting and the Legislative Committee recommended the issue be brought before the Board. The Executive Committee prepared and mailed a short survey to each MHC member to collect their opinions on the issue.  Results of the 78 returned surveys, representing less than 10% of the MHC’s membership, were presented to the Board at the August 14th meeting. The results were followed by rich discussion of reasons to or not to take a position.

Many felt that more information was needed before an informed decision could be made, so a motion was approved to have each Board member contact their respective constituents to get a better sense of how members feel about the issue as well as the level of resources they feel MHC should invest.

A final discussion and vote will occur at the MHC Annual Meeting on November 13, 2018, in Annapolis.

Board members will be reaching out to you shortly.  If you wish to contact your Board representative, see the list of Directors at https://mdhorsecouncil.org/about-us/governance/board-of-directors. We have also set up new email addresses for each membership category to make it easier to communicate.  Please feel free to contact your Board representatives at:

Individual Members         IndividualReps@mdhorsecouncil.org

Farm Members                  FarmReps@mdhorsecouncil.org

Association Members      AssociationReps@mdhorsecouncil.org

Business Members           BusinessReps@mdhorsecouncil.org

Charities/Foundations     CharityReps@mdhorsecouncil.org

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September 11, 2018

Fajitas, Frida, and Fun

Despite the wet weather, the 2018 MHC BBQ took place on September 8 at Paradise Stables, LLC in Mt. Airy without a hitch! The facility, featuring a large B&D Builders barn, was the perfect setting for an indoor BBQ with vendors, guests, the band, food and silent auction having plenty of space within the main barn aisle. Guests sat under the front overhang eating great food from Guapos, listening to the Surf Jaguars and taking in the beautiful Frederick County landscape.

The Frida Icelandic Riding Club demonstrations were a big hit with many spectators lining the indoor arena to watch, asking questions and learning about this unique breed with their famous tolt.

The silent auction, which raised funds for METS this year, generated nearly $1000 with some fairly competitive bidding going on! Seems the “hot ticket” items were the VIP tickets to the Maryland Million and Washington International Horse Show. A huge THANK YOU to all those who donated and purchased items, to our sponsors, the vendors, and our gracious hosts, Elizabeth Tate and Wayne Kitzmiller!

Stay tuned for information about next year's event.

BBQ 2018 Collage

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In 2011, The Maryland Horse Council (MHC) established the Horse Council Political Action Committee (HCPAC) to further the priorities of the MHC in public forums. The PAC’s primary purpose is to promote the Maryland equine industry to Maryland government and the general public and financially support the campaigns of candidates for state office who support MHC’s policies.

The PAC is currently focused on the next election cycle (Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2022). There will be change, with new politicians having new agendas, including new views on Maryland horse issues.

Horse Council PAC contributions go into a fund distributed to the campaigns that the PAC selects after consultation with the MHC Executive Committee, Legislative Committee, and Board of Directors.

The current PAC includes Chairwoman Joanne Stone, Vice Chair Jane Seigler, Treasurer Erica Lancaster, and Committee members Christy Clagett, Royce Herman, and Valerie Ormond

Do you have equine-friendly state legislators you would like to support? If so, please provide the following information to admin@mdhorsecouncil.org.

  1. Legislator name and district_____________________________________________________

  2. Purpose of MHC support_______________________________________________________

  3. Your name and MHC membership category________________________________________

The PAC encourages all MHC members to contribute to the PAC fund. Running for public office is expensive, and candidates appreciate and remember their donors. Please give generously here to strengthen our collective voice in Annapolis.

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MHC SP CoverFor over 30 years the Maryland Horse Council has been operating as a volunteer, grassroots membership organization working to unify, inform, and represent Maryland’s diverse horse community. Horses are a defining characteristic of Maryland, deeply woven into the state’s heritage and history. We have one common bond – the horse, and we are one common voice – The Maryland Horse Council. 

In January 2018, the MHC Executive Committee embarked on a process to evaluate the characteristics and values that define the MHC, identify where the MHC is currently situated within the larger equine/equestrian community, and decide where the organization should be tomorrow and in ten years. 

Committee members set the scope and timeline for the process, hired a facilitator, and put out a call for nominations from the Board of Directors to join the Strategic Planning Workgroup in March.

The six-month process incorporated an environmental scan, including the development, testing, data collection, and analysis of a community-based survey; a review of MHC’s mission, vision, and values; a ‘SWOT’ analysis; identification of the MHC’s priorities and the development of goals, strategies, tactics, and outcomes for each priority. Face-to face activities took place during four meetings with the Strategic Planning Workgroup over the course of two months. The Executive Committee reviewed and approved the final draft, and the plan was ratified by majority vote of the MHC Board of Directors on August 14, 2018.

The Strategic Plan is available to view and download here.

The next step is to complete the cooresponding Tactical Plan, which will outline the specific steps the MHC plans to take to achieve the goals set forth in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.

The Executive Committee wishes to thank everyone who participated in this important process. 

Feedback or questions about the plan can be forwarded to Jennifer Purcell, Interim Executive Director, at jennifer@mdhorsecouncil.org.

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